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Health Dangers of a Failing Septic System

The mess that a failing septic system can create inside and outside your home is not the only thing to think about. Septic system failure can also be hazardous to our own health.

Groundwater contamination can occur if improperly treated sewage leaks. This can contaminate your drinking water. Nutrients released from failing systems can be harmful, such as nitrate, which can interfere with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Other issues can include dysentery, hepatitis, and acute gastrointestinal illness.

Leakage from a failing septic system can also contaminate nearby surface water. If this occurs, swimmers have an increased chance of contracting diseases. Eye and ear infections are common when failing systems leak into surface water. But, more serious diseases like hepatitis can occur as well.

Failing septic systems will also often release fumes from the buildup of gases in the septic tank. Methane is highly flammable and toxic to people and pets. Sulfide gas is another common septic emission that smells like rotten eggs. Prolonged exposure can cause irritation in your mouth, nose and throat. Septic tank fumes often carry airborne bacteria as well. These bacteria can cause sinus infections and other respiratory problems.

A failing septic system can also send mold spores into your home, which can irritate people with asthma and mold allergies. If left unfixed, those spores can lead to mold growth in parts of your home that are susceptible to moisture buildup, such as basements and bathrooms.

Don't put your family's health at risk. Contact Jeff Angel Septics & Construction to help you with your septic system needs at 812-838-2255.

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